A WHITEFIELD girl shared a story about how her life has improved with the help of a local charity, on BBC's Children In Need.

Savannah Winstanley told her story live on the programme, which was watched by more than seven million people.

The 10-year-old has autism, septo optic dysplasia spectrum and no vision in her right eye. Her sleep was very erratic and unpredictable and she would often wake up at all hours of the night, which impacted her Dad, a HGV driver, who suffered through sleep depravity.

Her sleep has recently improved hugely thanks to the vital support given to their families by Together Trust’s Autism Sleep Clinic, which is funded by Children in Need.

The team supported the family by creating a completely personalised sleep plan and resources tailor-made for Savannah and her family.

Thanks to this support, Savannah's sleep patterns have drastically improved.

She performs better in school, has more energy at the right times and is able to think more and focus on tasks.

Savannah's dad said: "Our family life as a unit had improved greatly thanks to Children in Need funding and Together Trust. We are eternally grateful and indebted to Together Trust's Autism Sleep Clinic for the much-needed help, support and practical advice."

Savannah was interviewed on Children in Need by BBC North West Tonight presenter Roger Johnson.

She was joined on stage by Grace Noden, 8, who suffers with a similar condition, their families, as well as Chris Hoyle and Laura Jones from the Autism Sleep Clinic team.

More than £50 million was raised during the appeal programme three weeks ago.

Savannah's dad added: “The whole experience of being part of BBC Children in Need will stay with us, and particularly Savannah, forever.”

For more information about Together Trust, visit www.togethertrust.org.uk.